Propecia side effect studies have indicated that men who take the hair loss drug Propecia to treat male pattern baldness may be at risk of suffering from permanent sexual dysfunction side effects, including impotence. Propecia is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor manufactured by Merck & Co, which inhibits the enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a major contributor in the occurrence of inherited male pattern baldness. The active ingredient in Propecia is finasteride, which was initially approved by the FDA in 1992 as Proscar, a drug used to treat enlarged prostate. The FDA approved finasteride under brand name Propecia in 1997 as a treatment for male pattern baldness. If you took the hair loss drug Propecia and have since suffered from a sexual dysfunction side effect like impotence, contact a Propecia attorney immediately.
Impotence is a sexual problem affecting men, characterized by the consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse, or the inability to achieve ejaculation, or both. Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction (ED), is a common sexual problem, affecting millions of men across the world. The adverse effects of impotence can vary from the total inability to achieve an erection or ejaculation, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only very brief erections.
In December 2008, the Swedish Medical Products agency conducted a safety investigation of finasteride (Propecia), concluding that the hair loss medication may result in permanent sexual dysfunction side effects, including impotence. In 2011, the Journal of Sexual Medicine published a revealing Propecia side effect study in which researchers observed the cases of 71 otherwise healthy men between the ages of 21 and 46 who suffered serious sexual side effects associated with Propecia. According to the report, the participants involved in the study all reported the new onset of serious Propecia side effects that lasted for at least three months, even after Propecia use was discontinued. The study concluded that 94% of the Propecia patients experienced low libido, 92% suffered from decreased arousal, 92% developed impotence or erectile dysfunction, and 69% suffered from problems with orgasm.
Despite this significant sexual side effect risk, the FDA has failed to adequately warn consumers about the potentially irreversible impotence side effects they may be exposing themselves to by taking the hair loss drug, Propecia. In fact, the FDA-established Propecia warning label indicates that only 2% of Propecia users may experience sexual side effects, which are typically reversed once the treatment is discontinued. On the contrary, studies like the one published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine indicate that up to 15% of men taking Propecia may experience adverse sexual side effects like impotence, and that they are often irreversible.
Experts have indicated that the sexual side effects associated with Propecia can significantly decrease a patient’s quality of life, and that these side effects may actually be permanent, even after use of the medication is terminated. If you or a loved one has suffered from impotence side effects and you believe Propecia to be the cause, contact a Propecia attorney to explore your compensation options. You may have grounds to file a Propecia lawsuit against Merck & Co, in order to pursue reimbursement for your injuries, the medical cost of treating your injuries, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, and you should not be forced the shoulder the resulting physical, emotional and financial burden on your own. With the help of a skilled Propecia lawyer, you can seek fair and timely recovery and protect your legal rights while doing so.